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Detail, Dismantled Maru Obi with gosho-guruma (noble's carriage) and veranda of Heian Palace

1912/1940

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art

A fully opened and dismantled maru obi of nishiki fabric (polychrome figured silk with supplementary wefts of silk, metallic-leafed paper strips and metallic-leafed paper strips wrapped around a thread core). The design consists of landscape scenes including the veranda of a Heian palace with kicho (suspended court curtain or curtain of state), a bridge, a noble's cart (gosho-guruma), and an unidentified building, with cranes, clouds, trees, rocks, and flowers in the background. These are created in weft colors of orange, green, blue, red, gold, and white on an off-white ground. The pattern repeat is 19". The obi was opened along all sides, unfolded and the lining removed revealing the complex weave structure and floating wefts.

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  • Title: Detail, Dismantled Maru Obi with gosho-guruma (noble's carriage) and veranda of Heian Palace
  • Date Created: 1912/1940
  • Physical Dimensions: 160 x 27 in. (406.4 x 68.6 cm.)
  • Provenance: Gift of Clara Jane Shaull, Monkton, Maryland, from the Collection of Robert S. Shaull
  • Medium: Silk, Metallic-leafed paper strips, Metallic-leafed paper strips wrapped around a thread core
  • Credit Line: Gift of Clara Jane Shaull, Monkton, Maryland, from the Collection of Robert S. Shaull. BMA 1990.302

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